Take Echo Canyon Trail for solitude and beauty

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User: Daniel N - 3/22/2009

Location: Enchanted Rock

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 8.50 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes


Having grown up in Fredericksburg i spent many weekends and summers exploring Enchanted Rock. I recently returned with my wife and son and had forgotten the beauty and serenity of Enchanted Rock. I do not want to discount the grand vistas and unique experience of climbing to the top of Summit Trail, but far too many people bypass what is the most beautiful and peaceful hikes in Texas. The start of the trail is very unassuming and you can loose the trail if you don't pay attention, but after you are firmly situated in the "saddle" of the two rocks you decend slowly to a small glade with three monolithic rocks that create an otherworldly environment that is perfect to relax and enjoy the nature around you. There are a number of rock climbing trails that spur off from the path and you can hook up with the Loop trail and get some great views of the rocks from the other side.

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